Andrew Heskins

Andrew Heskins
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Andrew Heskins is the founder of easternKicks.com. A site launched in 2002 to spread his own passion for Asian film, it's since gained a reputation as one of the best sources of information and reviews, with some 40 plus contributors from across the globe and a popular podcast he co-hosts. Andrew has also been involved in creating exclusive video content for releases, appearing on BBC radio and global television, and hosting events including a BAFTA Masterclass.
Publications: easternKicks.com

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 No Score Yet The Great Passage (2013) Yuya Ishii, director of Mitsuko Delivers and Sawako Decides, returns with an enjoyable tale about the compilation of a new dictionary... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Mong-ta-joo (Montage) (2013) An undeniably slick and entertaining thriller from first-time director Jung Geun-sub... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/5 100% Belenggu (2013) Perhaps more unsettling than scary, Indonesian director Upi's accomplished effort gives a distinctive slant to familiar Asian horror tropes... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Shu jia zuo ye (A Time in Quchi) (2014) A tender if occasionally detached tale of growing up one summer holiday... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 32% The Taste of Money (2013) Back when Im Sang-soo presented The Housemaid, he felt like he had more to say about the rich, but it's hard to tell what that is... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4.5/5 No Score Yet The Terror Live (2013) Ha Jung-woo plays the lead in this captivating one-hander, one-roomer, where much of the action unfolds outside the window... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
5/5 97% Ringu (Ring) (1998) A powerful exercise in atmosphere, still disarming after over a decade... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
5/5 80% Perfect Blue (1999) The directorial debut for one of anime's true visionaries, the late Satoshi Kon, and fantastic psychological thriller to boot... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Nu ji xie ren (Robotrix) (1991) Robocop meets Terminator meets Weird Science in this campy sci fi Category III movie from the early 90s Hong Kong... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet The Cat (Go-hyang-i: Jook-eum-eul Bo-neun Doo Gae-eui Noon) (2011) A timid Korean horror that really needs to sharpen its claws, and writing... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Kuroyuri danchi (The Complex) (2013) Hideo Nakata's latest horror might not reach the heights of Ringu, but benefits from solid characterisations and a great central performance Atsuko Maeda... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Iya Monogatari - okuno hito (The Tale of Iya) (2013) Tetsuichiro Tsuta's achingly beautiful tribute to a lost Japan... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 95% The Rocket (2014) Australian writer/director Kim Mordaunt brings a convincing tale of a young Laotian boy leading his family to a new home... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 81% JSA: Joint Security Area (Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA) (2000) Park Chan-wook's (Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Stoker, Thirst) first massive success, set in the DMZ... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 81% The Raid 2 (2014) Evans much-anticipated sequel packs a punch - not to mention bullets, lots of sharp items, a metal baseball bat and two hammers... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Shadow Whip (2005) Cheng Pei-pei and Yueh Hua (Come Drink With Me, Dragon Swamp) reunite for one of Lo Wei's (The Big Boss, Fist Of Fury) last films for the Shaw Brothers... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
5/5 No Score Yet The Bells of Death (1968) An impressive Shaw Brothers production of a dark and grisly tale of revenge with a real Spaghetti Western flavour... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
5/5 94% A Touch of Sin (2013) Jia Zhangke's powerful, violent and brilliant comment on modern China... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 56% Special ID (2014) Donnie Yen returns to contemporary action thrillers in a so-so undercover thriller with some fantastic action scenes... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 94% On The Job (2013) Eric Matti directs an inventive and steadily engaging thriller, with a US remake already on the cards... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/5 78% The Suspect (Yong-eui-ja) (2014) An utterly ridiculous and over-the-top action movie from director Won Shin-yeon (Seven Days, A Bloody Aria), but at least it knows what it is... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
2.5/5 18% Warrior King 2 (The Protector 2) (2014) Highly enjoyable, Tony Jaa's return could become a cult classic - but for all the wrong reasons... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Song At Midnight (Ye ban ge sheng) (1937) Largely considered the first Chinese horror film, writer/director Ma-xu Weibang creates the most poignant Phantom... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
5/5 100% Spring in a Small Town (1948) One of the most important Chinese films of the 20th Century, still as powerful and as fresh as when it was originally released... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet The Arch (Dong fu ren) (1968) The intense debut film from the short-lived but influential directorial career of Tang Shu Shuen (Cecile Tang)... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Zai jian Zhongguo (China Behind) (2013) Tang Shu Shuen's (Cecile Tang) brave follow up to The Arch, banned in Hong Kong for 13 years... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Behind the Camera (2012) E J-yong follows the knowing Actresses with a film so Meta, it has not just left the building, it's literally in a different country... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4.5/5 No Score Yet Song of the Exile (1990) Ann Hui's semi-autobiographical work starring Maggie Cheung makes for one of her most endearing and touching films... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Qiu Jue (Execution in Autumn) (1972) Lee Hsing's delightful character study of a bullish and unrepentant young man accepting responsibility for his actions... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5 No Score Yet Spooky Bunch (1980) An often messy but highly enjoyable early ghost comedy from Ann Hui (A Simple Life, Boat People)... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
5/5 No Score Yet Tau ban no hoi (Boat People) (1982) Time has hardly lessened the impact of Hui's film, both beautiful and bleak. It's simply outstanding. - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Goddess of Mercy (Yu guanyin) (2004) Ann Hui adapts Hai Yan's novel as a tragic romance of shifting tones starring Zhao Wei and Nicholas Tse... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Visible Secret (2003) Over two decades on from The Spooky Bunch, Ann Hui returns to ghosts with this likable horror comedy... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
5/5 93% Dohee-ya (A Girl at My Door) (2015) A career-defining performance from lead Bae Doona in July Jung's feature debut... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
5 No Score Yet The Furthest End Awaits (2014) Chiang Hsiu-chiung's beautifully understated film is gentle but moving... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 82% Hill of Freedom (Jayuui Eondeok) (2020) Hong Sang-soo at his most playful and accessible... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Gui ri zi (2014) Zhao Dayong's stark criticism of the one-child policy amidst the ghosts of Mao Zedong's reign... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 13% The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom (2014) Effective direction from Jacob Leung, but the great romance gets lost in a plot thick with politics... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
5/5 No Score Yet Gyeongju (2014) Zhang Lu's both poignant and funny drama set within Korea's famous historical city... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3/5 86% The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014) Korea's national hero Admiral Yi is brought to life as Choi Min-sik in a big budget but rather one-dimensional spectacle... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Hwajang (2014) Legendary director Im Kwon-taek and equally legendary actor Ahn Sung-ki reunite for the filmmaker's 102nd film... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Tales From the Dark 2 (2013) Taken together, part two packs the punch so desperately needed to make the whole project worthy of your time, but perhaps not quite as much as you'd hope... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet Tales From the Dark 1 (2013) Not scary, but at its best effective, as directors pay tribute to one of Hong Kong's most celebrated authors, Lilian Lee... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet In The Hero (2014) Likeable comedy drama looks under the masks of the 'suit actors' of Japanese kid's TV... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 100% Exit (Hui guang zoumingqu) (2015) A stunning performance by Chen Shiang-Chyi leads an emotive portrait of a woman falling into the sidelines... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 60% The Golden Era (2014) Tang Wei stars in Ann Hui's epic biopic of one of China's most celebrated 20th Century writers, Xiao Hong... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 91% Devils on the Doorstep (Guizi lai le) (2002) Jiang Wen's deceptively daring film reduces the Japanese occupation to a farcical situation with two prisoners, and we're all the better for it... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
4/5 No Score Yet Street Gangs of Hong Kong (1974) Chang Cheh and Ni Kuang's vision of another teenage rebel, twisted beyond recognition by the notorious Kuei Chih-Hung... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
5/5 100% Port of Call (2015) Less a whodunit than why, Philip Yung's film is a stunning look at the darker side of human nature... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
3.5/5 71% The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2015) More boy's own adventure than patriotic anthem, Tsui Hark directs one hell of an enjoyable action yarn... - easternKicks.com EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 23, 2020